Any time you are in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles, you run the risk of not only seriously damaging your bike, but you are at high risk for bone fracture injuries as well. While you can pop out a multi-tool for several fixes on your bike, your body isn’t quite as easy a fix. You’re stuck on the couch until that bone heals completely. That means a lot less ride time and it can mean a lot less of other activities you enjoy, like family fun or even going to work.
Bicycle Fracture and Broken Bone Accidents
Many people believe fractures are less serious than broken bones, when in fact they mean the same thing. So, if you take a tumble after getting bumped or hit by a vehicle, treat every resulting injury very seriously. Even a hairline fracture can take from 6-8 weeks to heal. In that downtime, your life can be changed for the worse. If you can’t make it into work you’ll have to worry about more than just taking a break from riding.
Common Bicycle Accident Fractures
Bicyclists sometimes like to think they are born with heavy armor. Of course, we know that accidents can sideline the fittest, most skilled biker. Any exposed body part is vulnerable to impact injuries and resulting fractures. Some bones are more frequently broken in bicycle accidents than others. Some of those fractures include:
- Collarbones after extending the arms out to break a fall
- Wrists, hands and fingers for the same reason
- The pelvis or hip from a motor vehicle side impact or landing on the pavement
- Femurs from motor vehicle side impacts
- The skull with an accompanying traumatic brain injury
Right after an accident, you may be able to walk, you may even be able to move your arms and neck, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a broken bone. Get any injury checked immediately. It’s the most important thing you can do for your health, and your medical records will be critical if you choose to file a claim against the person who caused your accident.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is a broken bone worth in a bicycle vs. automobile accident?
The amount of compensation a victim gets for a broken bone in an auto accident depends on the severity of the break, the amount of medical treatment needed and the ability of the person to fully recover. If the victim has permanent damage or disfigurement the amount will be higher. Another consideration are the limits of the insurance policy that would be paying the compensation.
How long do I have to file a personal injury case involving a fracture?
In California, a victim has two years from the date of injury to file for any personal injury claim based on negligence. If this date is missed, then the victim might lose their right to get compensation for their injury. In many cases, the claim will settle before the deadline, but that’s not guaranteed.
Can I get compensation for my pain for a bone fracture?
California law allows the victim of an auto accident to claim compensation for pain and suffering along with other damages like medical bills, lost time from work and mental anguish. There is no amount set by law that a victim can receive, rather it’s up to the jury to decide what value to put on someone’s pain and suffering.
Contact Los Angeles Bicycle Law
What you might have thought was a minor bump and road rash may turn out to be much more. Suddenly you’ve missed weeks of work. The downtime has taken a toll on your health. And without an outlet like cycling, a sport you love, the mental stress is just that much harder to deal with. At Los Angeles Bicycle Law we have a team that understands your commitment to your bike life, and the pain of seeing that lifestyle vanish.
You can contact us by phone or email to arrange for a free consultation and case review. If we’re able to assemble the necessary facts and insurance information, we can bring a claim or lawsuit on your behalf, even if you were in a hit-and-run with a motor vehicle. There’s no obligation, and we don’t accept any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. Contact us sooner rather than later. The law has imposed strict time limits for filing a claim or lawsuit, especially if it’s against a government entity. We’ll take care of your Los Angeles bicycle crash claim while you work toward maximum medical improvement.